I want to share these things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore. Do you know why?

Chinatown is another must-visit place in Singapore where you can experience Chinese culture, history and arts. It is beautiful and it is full of decorations that feature vibrant colours. From beautiful shophouses to decorative lanterns, there are many things to see in Chinatown. Among all, don’t forget the souvenirs. In Chinatown, you can easily buy a souvenir from Singapore.

A Chinatown Walking Tour

I’ve been to Singapore Chinatown many times for different reasons. I always like to walk along the streets of Chinatown while enjoying the attractions. Check this post on the Chinatown walking tour to know what other things you can see and do in Chinatown.

A trishaw tour is also possible in Chinatown to explore the city.

Things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore

I know there are so many lists on the internet that shares things to do in Chinatown. Therefore, I thought of sharing some of the interesting photos I captured on another walking tour that shares some features of this colourful and historical town. These were captured before the pandemic, and these photos show the real Chinatown on a busy sunny day!

What are the things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore

What to expect in Singapore Chinatown? These are the things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore and when you know each of these features, then it is easy to plan your visit. You will not miss the most important attractions and you will also not regret it later.

1. There are many places to visit

Yes, in Chinatown, there are many attractions and there are many places to visit.

i) Buddha tooth relic temple

Buddha tooth relic temple is one of the popular places to visit in Chinatown. On this day I visited Chinatown, I didn’t forget to visit the Buddha tooth relic temple too.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Chinatown
Flower decorations at the entrance of the Buddha tooth relic temple, Chinatown, Singapore

The praying wheel is a must see at the Buddha tooth relic temple and it is located at the top floor of the temple. The roof garden of this temple is a beautiful and peaceful garden with a lot of foliage including orchids.

Things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore
The rooftop garden of Tooth Relic Temple,Singapore
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Chinatown
The praying wheel at the Buddha tooth relic temple, Chinatown
Things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore
Inside the temple

Location: 288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840

ii) Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple is known as the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and it is located in Chinatown. Therefore, this temple is another attraction that anyone can visit in their visit to Chinatown.

Hindu Temple Chinatown
Hindu Temple Chinatown

Location : 244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793

There are many other attractions to visit in Chinatown including Chinese temples.

2. Souvenir shopping is possible in Chinatown

The streets of Chinatown are full of stalls that sell souvenirs. There are also shopping malls where you can explore and find some interesting things from Singapore. I always enjoy walking along the streets watching these stalls and sometimes I find interesting items to buy.

Souvenir shopping Chinatown
Souvenir shops in Chinatown
Things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore
Decorative souvenirs that you can buy in Chinatown
Souvenir shopping Chinatown

3. Chinatown is a place to buy herbal and traditional medicine

Chinatown is also a place to buy traditional Chinese medicine, herbal and related treatments.

Herbal shopping Chinatown
Porridge packets for sale in Chinatown, Singapore

On this day I visited, I bought some porridge packets from the above shop. Those porridge packs were ready to cook and included black rice, white rice and some other herbs.

4. Prices are relatively cheap

Things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore

Do you want to buy 3 for $10, 5 for $10 or even 10 for $10? Usually, prices are really cheap in these souvenir shops.

cheap shopping Chinatown
Souveniers in vibrant red and yellow, Do you see the price tags?

I’ve bought small items such as key tags, decorative ornaments and tote bags from these stalls. I don’t have any complaints about the quality of these items I bought compared to the price paid.

cheap shopping Chinatown
These soft toys were priced at 3 for $12 in Singapore Chinatown street stalls

5. Chinatown is great for Durian hunt

The king of the fruits or Durian is a popular fruit in Singapore. While some people get distracted by its smell, a typical Singaporean love to eat this wonderful fruit. Chinatown is one of the places to hunt for durian!

Durian shopping Chinatown
King of the King, Durian for sale in Chinatown

There are also different varieties of durian. Mao Shan Wang is known as one of the best and it is usually expensive while there are other durian varieties that are relatively cheap. I have reviewed during before.

Please check this Durian review

6. Streets are decorated with Lanterns

Red lanterns Chinatown

Lanterns in red and yellow are a common sight in Chinatown which add beauty to the town. Usually, on Chinese New Year we can see such lanterns in Singapore. But, on most of my visits to Chinatown, I notice these beautiful lanterns. It is pretty for the eyes!

Things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore

7. Beautiful shophouses are everywhere

Shophouses Chinatown

Shophouses are one of the attractions that takes you back to its history when you visit Singapore. And, Chinatown is one of the places to explore these beautiful shophouses!

Shophouses Chinatown

Walk along the streets of Chinatown. You will find fascinating shophouses with beautiful doors, windows and even colourful walls.

Shophouses Chinatown
Shophouse Chinatown Singapore

For me, every visit to Chinatown is an amazing experience because I love to hunt for beautiful shophouses! 🙂

8. There are beautiful street art and murals to explore

Street art Chinatown
Mid Autumn Festival Mural at Chinatown

Chinatown murals are another attraction to explore in this historical town. Most of these murals feature the heritage and culture of Singapore.

mural Chinatown
Mid Autumn Festival Mural at Chinatown

The above murals is done by Yip Yew Chong in September 2018 and he is an artist who has contributed many murals to Singapore walls.

On this day I could only find this Mid Autumn Festival mural as I was there to visit the tooth relic temple and to buy some souvenirs. But, street art hunting in Chinatown is still on my bucket list.

Location of this mural: 83 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059432

9. Streets are crowded

Things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore

Well, I am talking about a usual day that we experienced before the pandemic. People could travel easily without restrictions. On such a day, usually, the streets are crowded in Chinatown too due to it being one of the must-visit attractions of Singapore.

Things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore
Crowded Chinatown
Where to go, what to shop and what to eat? ( I am sure people who visit Chinatown think like this same as I do due to a lot of attractions 🙂 )

But, due to many attractions and things to do in Chinatown, the crowd is not a concern. It is worth paying a visit to this heritage city.

10. Don’t forget the delicious Food

From Chinese food to western and other Singapore delicacies, it is easy to explore food in Chinatown. There are many stalls, hawker centres and restaurants that suit every type of tourist and local.

On my every visit to Chinatown, I find different places to dine and it is always a good and memorable experience among Singapore food choices.

Finally, so far what I shared were photos from a recent tour to Chinatown. (Pre-pandemic).

Thanks for walking along with me through the streets of Chinatown while reading the most notable features of this beautiful city. 🙂

Do you find these things to know before visiting Chinatown Singapore worth knowing?

Let me know what you think about Chinatown. Have you been there before? Or do you have a Chinatown in your country? I know there are other Chinatowns too.

Please share your thoughts.

Also, read the below posts from Chinatown.

A Day in Singapore Chinatown

The Samsui Women of Singapore

Singapore Buddha Tooth Relic Temple


  1. I love the murals with the guy so not afraid of showing his big belly.

    I’ve heard of durian fruit. I don’t think we can get them here and I am very intrigued.

  2. Amila – it is always helpful to have tips from someone who has visited a place before! I don’t think I will ever visit the Chinatown in Singapore, but I enjoyed hearing about it and seeing the gorgeous photos. I especially liked the photos of the lanterns. I have visited the Chinatown in San Francisco – a wonderful experience! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

    • Thanks Angie for visiting and commenting.
      Chinatown is always a fascinating place to visit. I guess Chinatown in San Francisco is colourful too. I’ve visited Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and it was another memorable experience.

  3. Wonderful, colorful post, I love especially the first pic. No, not true, all!
    Sadly all I know of Singapore is rushing at high speed to the gate bringing us to Perth or sadly back to Frankfurt.

  4. I really must visit Singapore one day! Like Iris, it’s Singapore airport that gets a visit on our way to or from Europe, but one day we must stop there for a few days.
    The mural is quite cute 🙂 Thanks for participating in Monday Murals Amila.

  5. I am so curious about those durians; we have nothing like that here. Your photos are so colorful and eye-catching. It sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

  6. Such a beautiful place. Now you’re making me want to visit Chinatown in San Francisco. It’s been far to long since we visited. Yes on the delicious food.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  7. Hello Amila,
    Wonderful photos of Chinatown. It is such a colorful place, so many sights to see. I love the flowers, the lanterns and the mural. It is nice to see the animal statues on the temple. It would be nice to explore the shops and have some of the foods. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  8. Greetings and Salutations! Many artists at the Published House I worked at, went to Singapore yearly if not more times. I was so wanting to be invited to go along too but I was in a different department so it never happened. I am intrigued by China. You are so blessed that you were able to tour there before the pandemic. Take care.

    • It is interesting that we can experience the Chinese culture and heritage in a visit to Chinatown. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit China or Chinatown.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting…

  9. You really share a view from someone who has been there and experienced this place. I know I love the colorful fabrics and the bags would be my temptation. I’ve never been to a Chinatown but I would like to visit! Enjoy your weekend! Oh…and yes, you would need a few days to really see very much of it.

  10. I love the sights and colors! They caught me by surprise as I visited a similar place just this past week during vacation. Yes we have Chinatowns in many business districts in the Philippines too. The herbal traditions are what I like to know more about 🙂

  11. I’ve never seen durian so small. I am always tempted to buy durian in the asian market but they’re too large. I don’t think I could finish it between me and my husband!

  12. I’ve been to China Town in California but I have no desire to visit China. Australia – yes… China – no… I don’t know why? Beautiful and very interesting images though – Thanks for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.


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